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PhD Seminar on Mathematics and Science Education (4 ECTS)

Level: PhD course

Prerequisites: The bachelor's degree must have been passed. Basic knowledge of mathematics and science education. 

Responsible teachers:
Associate Professor Chunfang Zhou and Assistant Professor Dorte Moeskær Larsen, both from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Additional teachers: Professor Connie Svabo, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Course introduction:  Ths PhD seminar aims to support PhD students’ research on mathematics and science education. It mainly focuses on the facilitation of PhD students’ understanding of theories and how to use and position theories in PhD studies and projects. The seminar will be organised as a problem-oriented and challenge-based learning process that calls for the active and reflective engagement of the participants. This involves various activities including preparatory reading, lectures, student presentations, group work, and knowlege sharing. Besides this, the seminar expands both theoretical and practical views on mathematics and science education, curriculum design, and pedagogical research. A number of classical readings will be recommended to all participants before the seminar that helps to reach the learning and teaching objectives of the seminar. Accordingly, the seminar is organised in three sections (around a total of 40 working hours): 1) one day for individual preparatory reading, 2) three days for physical teaching in class, and 3) one day for sharing learning outcomes, reflections, and evaluation.

Expected learning outcome: The PhD students are expected to gain insight into classic as well as current research on mathematics and science education. They will be able to reflect on how the seminar learning experience contributes to the use of theories in the overall research design in their PhD projects. It is a requirement that individual learning outcomes are shared with all participants in oral presentations.

Literature: Scientific journal articles and parts of books with scientific content in mathematics and science education.

Evaluation: Internal evaluation by teacher. Pass/fail.

Dates of seminar: 28 April 2023 (section 1), 1-3 May 2023 (section 2), and 17 May 2023 (section 3).

Registration deadline: 17 April 2023

Language:  This course is taught in English.

Last Updated 09.03.2023